I have to admit, last week I had a tough few days in which I can only describe as feeling a huge wave of grief. But it’s strange as these feelings didn’t feel like they belonged to me and it was if I was feeling someone else pain. I had to just let them take their course for a couple of days and mourn for something/someone I could not help.
But the last couple of weeks have also been inspiring and powerful with some truly positive vibes being felt from people I follow on Instagram/Facebook and through kindness of others. These were some of my favourites….
Have you ever seen a trail that has clearly not been ridden in ages and decided you want to ride it? You get started only to find out that there are over grown branches and suspended lots every 15 feet? Did you stop and turn around or did you power through it to see what was on the other side? In reality, the road less travelled is littered with obstacles just like this. These obstacles WILL knock you down. Things WILL happen in life that set you back and make things difficult. But there are two types of people in this world. Those who get back up and ghost ride their damn bike over that suspended log if they have to, and those who are broken down by the fall and turn around. Anyone who knows me well knows what category I fall into… Especially the few who have been lucky enough to ride that classic over grown trail with me. There’s no turning back, my friends!
It doesn’t matter if you fall as long as you keep picking yourself back up.
This controversial but powerful post from @rosiegabrielle and her experience travelling as a solo female through Pakistan I found very humbling.
I’ve had So many amazing experiences so far here in Pakistan. One that was particularly special was my time at the Bullah Shah Tomb in Kasur. The shrine was built after the death of The Sufi Poet and people from all parts of Pakistan came to pray there. In Islamic culture, it’s typical that men and women Pray in separate areas. I met the elder who was guardian of the tomb she blessed me, and told me how to pray there. After offering my prayers, the woman informed me she was a descendent of Bullah Shah, then took me inside the tomb where only men are permitted. This was a HUGE honor and privilege, something unique. Standing in this room, I could feel the intense pulses of energy. My channel was clear and direct. It was a message that all beings would be as one. That there was no separation between you or I. That the veins of life stretched out and connected each of us, flowing the energy of love and oneness.
I returned back that evening, to continue my prayers in this magical place. And it was then that it struck me so deep. Tears began to role down my cheek. I, as a foreign female, who is non Muslim, have been so accepted into this culture. Without judgment, without question. I’ve been treated as family and given So MUCH love, and kindness, so genuine and pure in heart. My heart hurt. Deeply. Knowing that this world, has such a negative view on Muslim people and of Pakistan. That they have NO idea what Islam is actually about or the true heart of these people. That THEY are the ones terrorizing these beautiful peaceful souls. If they only knew. That Muslims, and Pakistani people, are model citizens for the entire WORLD. For all of humanity. That Islam is peace and LOVE. And I, traveling as a solo female here in Pakistan, have only received the highest of care and attention, from all people. This is how we SHOULD be to one another. But this is not how it is in the west. There is too much fear, anger, hate. Which is what lead me to my desperate cry on my stories last week. The world needs to wake up. This is NOT how we were meant to live. And I hope that by me sharing, people will be inspired to open their heart
But it wasn’t just from the likes of Instagram where I drew inspiration. There were little things throughout the week; Such as watching the film Invictus and hearing such quotes as:
Or the kiss on my cheek from my husband as I sleep whilst he goes out for the day, making me smile. Reading Michelle Lamphere’s book The Butterfly Route of her incredible adventure on her motorbike across America and the obstacles she faced.
It’s these little things which lift my soul and make me feel grateful and ready to pick myself back up
All this got me back in ‘motivation’ mode and got me thinking how to move forward and keep the blog going, especially now I haven’t been riding properly for a few months and my content is drying up. I need to get Bobby back on the road… Bring on campaign ‘Raising a Bob for Bobby’!
Raising a Bob for Bobby Campaign
I have to say it has only been a few days since posting the video and the outcry of support from the biking community has been incredible! I even had a friend who offered to loan me money to get Bobby fully repaired (which I just couldn’t accept). Not to mention the private messages from people offering advise to help me get him fixed. Plus the generosity of small donations I have received in my PayPal. You guys have all been incredible!!!!
All support received is greatly appreciate and I wouldn’t keep my blog etc. going without you all.
If you want to show your support you can help in a number of ways; I have now launched my new online shop where you can buy stickers, journals and other merchandise.
Comment, like and subscribe to my channels. This all helps boost my content and get it noticed!
If you’re thinking of going on a motorbike holiday, consider booking a tour through PeterPan Bike World and mention my name upon booking.
Purchase items through the affiliate links I post in my articles in which I’ll receive a small commission from.
Put a dollar or two in my PayPal account firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I am also hand making some items that I will be selling in the next four weeks or so. Watch this space…
So here’s my little pinkie promise to all you guys for supporting me, inspiring me and making me feel those positive vibes; I will keep on liking your posts, articles, videos and insta photos regardless of whether I am interested in them or not (as long as they are not offensive, lol) to keep your content relevant and boosted. I promise to support you as much as you support me and keep on sharing those positive vibes. Thanks for being awesome and for you continued support x